Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the courses begin?
The Cybersecurity and Networking Pathway and the Information Support and Services Pathway is open for 2023-24 registration.
How do I sign up for the courses?
Student are encouraged to complete the "CTE Student Registration Form". The Santa Cruz County Office will work with your school site to schedule your classes for the next school year.
Will I take these courses at my school?
The courses will be held at high schools and partner locations across the county. Based on location, students will have the opportunity to take courses in Santa Cruz or Watsonville.
Do students need their own computer and internet access in order to take the course?
Students should bring a laptop with them to class. ChromeBooks can be provided if needed. All course materials will be provided, including digital or hardcopy textbook, and all lab materials.
Will I get high school credit even though it is not at my high school?
Yes - all courses are taught by a high school or college instructor. With successful completion of the course, you will receive credit.
What is the difference between an articulated course and a dual enrollment course?
The IT Essentials is articulated, providing the same content and credits as Cabrillo's CIS-71 IT Essentials semester course, but is paced over the duration of a year. Students can earn both college and high school credit. The course will be taught at high schools in North and South county.
Dual enrollment courses are standard Cabrillo College courses that are college paced and fully aligned with Cabrillo College. When students are in a dual enrollment program, they are enrolled in both their high school and the community college.
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Does the opportunity for college credit apply to both the articulated course and dual enrollment courses?
Yes - As long as outlined requirements are met, a student will have an opportunity to earn both high school and community college credit.
Do students have to make a decision on either the Cybersecurity/Networking Pathway or Technology Support and Services before enrolling during the first year?
No - Students will have the opportunity to make a decision on either Cybersecurity/Networking Pathway or Technology Support near the end of the first year of the IT Essentials course.
What other benefits will there be in participating in this program?
Along with building the skills to a potential career in networking and cybersecurity, students will have access to mentors, internships, industry guest speakers, free tech webinars and cyber camps, and coding events. Most of all, students will have fun!
I still need more information, who do I contact?
You are welcome to email Elizabeth Shaw, the ICT Pathway Coordinator, at email@example.com.